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Intro

Peter: Listeners, what's your reason for learning a language?
Chigusa: Is it a personal goal? A hobby?
Peter: In this Sunday News, you’ll discover….why I chose to learn Japanese.
Chigusa: ...why you can still succeed with language learning…
Peter: ...even if your reason isn’t as serious as “I’m living in a country that speaks it.”
Chigusa: ...and how you can get free PDF cheat sheets based on common reasons for learning.
Peter: For example, if you’re learning for family or for love…
Chigusa: ...you’ll learn the phrases for these topics with the cheat sheets.
Chigusa: Welcome to an episode of Innovative Language Sunday News! I'm Chigusa and I'll be hosting today's Sunday News with my co-host, Peter, the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com, Peter Galante.
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter, here!
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Chigusa: We’ll get into it all in just a second, but first listen up!
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Chigusa: You learn conversations with our bite-sized audio/video lessons...
Peter: Our teachers explain every word and grammar rule, and get you speaking.
Chigusa: We guide you from lesson 1, 2, to 3... until you reach your goals...
Peter: ...whether you're learning for travel, or if you’re aiming for fluency.
Chigusa: You can learn anywhere - even at home - and on any device - on your smartphone or computer.
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Chigusa: So, Peter, you learned Japanese, and you’re at a pretty high level...
Peter: Yeah, well, I think You can say that. But, I like to push myself and I'm always learning other languages too...
Chigusa: Oh, which ones?
Peter: I’ve taken on Chinese, Italian, Korean, Spanish. But yes, Japanese is probably my best language.
Chigusa: I want to know your story. People have interesting stories for choosing to learn languages. Why did you choose Japanese?
Peter: To be honest, Chigusa, chance. Well, when I was in high school - in the early 90s - so fast the time goes - we had a Japanese exchange teacher stay with the family. And this was the first time I met a Japanese person and was exposed to the language. And that’s probably so radically different pre-internet but this was an initial spark for me.
Chigusa: And you became interested in the language?
Peter: Exactly. A personal connection was the reason I decided to take my studies to the next level. And when I got into college, and it came time to pick a foreign language class, which language do you think I chose, Chigusa?
Chigusa: Japanese!
Peter: Japanese.
Chigusa: But you could’ve picked from so many other languages. Why Japanese?
Peter: I am a glutton for punishment. I think personal connection matters. You know, when I sat down and looked through the list of languages, there were certain languages that I had more contact with but I had a deeper personal connection with the Japanese teacher that came to say with us so, one of my dreams had become to go visit her in Japan. SO, I think for me, it was the personal connection, this getting to know this person that really kept my motivation and kept my interest in furthering my studies. So, I took a class... and I wound up taking Japanese in college for about 2 years.
Chigusa: So, 2 years of classes. Wow, you put in a lot of time!
Peter: I did. And my professor noticed it and she said, “hey why don’t you go to Japan” and my reaction was... “OK! Let’s do that.”
Chigusa: Okay, your initial reason was... The exchange teacher.
Peter: Exactly. Personal connection, which is a very powerful one. There’s a matrix of, that I kind of created on motivation, and personal connection is very very high. Here we often see a lot of people studying because of their partner or family member - strong personal connection is a powerful motivational tool. So, that personal connection was the starting point and as I progressed along my language learning journey, I decided, yeah I’d like to travel and live in Japan for a bit.
Chigusa: So, that was another reason.
Peter: Exactly. But the starting point is this personal connection.
Chigusa: And if they had never come to stay with your family…
Peter: We don’t think we would be doing this recording today.
Chigusa: Wow, that’s a great story. And listeners, what about you?
Peter: Why did you choose the language you’re learning right now?
Chigusa: If you’re on the site, let us know. Leave a comment.
Peter: It’s quite interesting to see how motivation progresses too. Initially i started with a personal connection to learn Japanese, then I moved to Japan. That’s actually a very powerful motivator: living in the country.
Chigusa: You may be living in a country that speaks it, and you need it for daily life.
Peter: Also, another one is a personal goal. People who are always interested in bettering themselves, they’re studying just to improve themselves, they usually have quite a lot of success. That’s a powerful, powerful reason for studying: it’s just to improve yourself.
Chigusa: Exactly. But Peter, what if your reason is... you like watching shows in that language. And that’s not a serious reason like, “I need it for daily life.” Is that bad?
Peter: That’s a great question, Chigusa. If you’re living in a country that speaks the language, your motivation tends to be higher... because you need it for survival.
Chigusa: Is it important to have a “serious reason” for learning a language?
Peter: No. I think that there are many people I’ve met here in Tokyo that have never taken the time to learn the language. So, I think you can have any reason you want but... your success depends on you.
Chigusa: Really?
Peter: Chigusa, I’ve seen people with strong reasons, as i just mentioned, “living in the country,” never take the time or try and fail. I've seen people with simpler reasons succeed. In fact, when I taught English… I had one student who never left Japan but his English was phenomenal. Can you guess how he learned? Again. This was just when the internet was taking off.
Chigusa: He must’ve learned from you!
Peter: Not quite, I wish! He was really good already, but he learned from TV shows.
Chigusa: TV shows, wow!
Peter: So, living in a country that speaks the language HELPS…
Chigusa: But people can and do succeed even if they’re learning for less serious reasons.
Peter: Exactly. And you can succeed with a language...even if you’re learning at home.
Chigusa: So, listeners, leave a comment. Tell us why you’re learning.
Peter: And, we’re giving away conversation cheat sheets based on the most common reasons for learning…
Chigusa: Like love, family, travel… and much more. These teach you the must-know phrases for these topics.
Peter: Just leave a comment asking about the Cheat Sheets and we’ll respond with the link.
Chigusa: And remember…
Peter: If you want to start speaking the language with our complete learning program...
Peter: Here’s your last chance! Get 31% OFF all Premium and Premium PLUS plans...
Chigusa: ...with the Pretty Big Deal Sale.
Peter: Join now and start speaking from your very first lesson.
Chigusa: You learn conversations with our bite-sized audio/video lessons...
Peter: Our teachers explain every word and grammar rule, and get you speaking.
Chigusa: We guide you from lesson 1, 2, to 3... until you reach your goals...
Peter: ...whether you're learning for travel, or if you’re aiming for fluency.
Chigusa: You can learn anywhere - even at home - and on any device - on your smartphone or computer.
Peter: You get powerful Study Tools to master words, grammar and conversations fast...
Chigusa: And with Premium PLUS, you can even get your own teacher.
Peter: So, get 31% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS.
Chigusa: That’s as low as $6.90/month or $0.23 a day.
Peter: But hurry because this sale ends Tuesday, May 26th, 2020...
Chigusa: Just click the link in the comments section to get 31% OFF right now.

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Chigusa: Okay, well that’s going to do it for this edition of InnovativeLanguage.com Sunday News!*
Chigusa: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.*

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Yes, you will probably need a Greek keyboard for the lessons. For further information, please check out this document: https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.innovativelanguage.com/greekpod101/static/media/typing-in-greek.pdf

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Hi! I am Ernest, And was fascinated by the fact that the founder of Greek pod 101 was learning Japanese,personally here to learn Greek as hoping to have a holiday in Athens as soon as this virus is sorted am talking online to a Greek lady so thought it would be good if I could speak to her in the native tongue plus having another language,so far learning quite well on this site but struggle with some words,also tried to print download of Greek Alphabet but would not print is it possible I need Greek keyboard? Many Thanks

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